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S1 Business Education & Computing Science

In S1 pupils currently have a combined Computing Science and Business Education course covering Outcomes and Experiences from A Curriculum for Excellence.

Pupils learn about Internet Safety, Creating web pages, coding using Scratch, Presentations and Databases

S2 Business Education

BOB@FHS

Pupils in S2 follow a CFE course covering Entrepreneurs, Ethical Trading, Sole Traders and Partnerships, Finance, Brand Names, Marketing and Advertising which culminates in a Dragons' Den style project where pupils work in groups to create a product or service, develop a prototype and pitch their product to a panel of Dragons.

National 3 Business

The Course is practical and experiential in nature, and develops a wide range of skills for learning, skills for life, and skills for work. These include: employability skills and attributes, including flexibility, reliability, and working with others; numeracy, by being able to interpret basic data and by understanding money; and effective use of ICT in a business context.


Business in Action (National 3)
This Unit will give learners opportunities to participate in activities that develop an
awareness of the enterprising skills and personal attributes required to succeed in
business. Learners will develop an understanding of the importance of satisfying
customers’ needs. This Unit will also develop learners’ awareness of the key functional activities that support business and will give them opportunities to demonstrate how the use of ICT supports these functional activities.

Influences on Business (National 3)
This Unit will give learners opportunities to participate in activities that develop a basic awareness of the effects that financial matters and other internal influences can have on business. They will also develop awareness of the effects that a limited range of external influences can have on business. Learners will explore how the actions of stakeholders can affect business success.

Conditions of award
To achieve the National 3 Business Course, learners must pass all of the required
Units.

National 4 Business

The Course consists of three mandatory Units including the Added Value Unit. The Course is practical and experiential in nature and develops a wide range of skills for learning, life and work. These include: employability skills and attributes, including flexibility and adaptability, independence, reliability and working with others; numeracy, by being able to interpret data, tables, charts and other graphical displays to draw conclusions, and understanding money; and effective use of ICT in a business context.

Business in Action (National 4)

In this Unit, learners will carry out activities that will give them an appreciation of how and why businesses develop and operate in today’s society. Learners will develop skills and knowledge and understanding relating to the role of business and entrepreneurship within society, and of the actions taken by business to meet customers’ needs. Learners will discover how businesses are organised by exploring the functional activities, such as marketing, finance, operations and human resources, and applying their understanding of these areas to support business planning and decision making.

Influences on Business (National 4)
In this Unit, learners will carry out activities that will give them an appreciation of the impact that a range of internal and external influences has on business decision making. Learners will investigate stakeholders’ influence on businesses and will acquire skills and knowledge and understanding relating to the financial, economic, competitive and social environment in which businesses have to operate. This will provide learners with a growing understanding of how these influences can affect business survival and success.

Added Value Unit: Business Assignment (National 4)
In this Unit, learners will draw on and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding they have gained from across the other Units of the Course. This will be demonstrated by an assignment. The criteria for the assignment will be sufficiently flexible and open to allow for a degree of personalisation and choice as to the aspect of business to be investigated and how the findings may be presented.

National 5 Business Management

The Course combines practical and theoretical aspects of business
management. Skills, knowledge and understanding are developed through a
range of real-life contexts.

The Course consists of three mandatory Units. Within each Unit there is a degree
of flexibility in how study is undertaken. By its nature, the Course develops a wide
range of skills for learning, life and work, through providing opportunities for
active learning in real-life contexts.

These skills include: employability skills and attitudes, including flexibility and
adaptability, independence, reliability and working with others; numeracy, by
being able to interpret data, tables, charts and other graphical displays to draw
conclusions, and by understanding money; and effective use of ICT in a business
context.

Understanding Business (National 5)
In this Unit, learners will be introduced to the business environment. Learners will
develop relevant skills, knowledge and understanding by carrying out learning
activities relating to the role of business organisations and entrepreneurship in
society, using real-life contexts. It introduces learners to the main activities
associated with businesses and other organisations. The Unit will allow learners
to explore issues relating to the external environment in which organisations
operate and their effects on organisational activity, decision making and survival.

Management of People and Finance (National 5)
In this Unit, learners will develop skills, knowledge and understanding relating to
the internal issues facing organisations in the management of people and
finance. Learners will carry out activities that will enable them to grasp theories,
concepts and processes relating to human resource management. This will allow
them to demonstrate an understanding of how to manage people in order to
maximise their contribution to an organisation’s success. Learners will also follow
basic theories, concepts and processes relating to financial aspects of business
in preparing and interpreting financial information in order to solve financial
problems facing businesses.

Management of Marketing and Operations (National 5)
In this Unit, learners will develop skills, knowledge and understanding relating to
the importance to organisations of having effective marketing and operations
systems. The Unit will allow learners to carry out activities that introduce them to
the processes and procedures organisations use in order to maintain quality and
competitiveness. Learners will demonstrate an understanding of how marketing
can be used to communicate effectively with consumers, maximise customer
satisfaction, and enhance competitiveness. Learners will explore and identify the
processes and procedures required to produce goods or services to an
appropriate standard of quality.

Course Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to address challenge and application by assessing the learner’s ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding from across the Course. The assignment will require learners to apply their research, decision making and communication skills by producing a proposal to improve the effectiveness of a small to medium-sized business.

This assignment will have 30 marks (30% of the total mark).